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Woman shot by Kent police
was armed with air pistol


November 15, 2000
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Woman shot by Kent police
was armed with air pistol

PoliceOne Staff Report
(KENT, Wash.) -- The gun carried by a woman who police were forced to shoot last week when she threatened them with the weapon was an air pistol armed with a single dart, authorities said.

Police shot and killed Guadalupe Martinez, 27, when she pointed the gun at them after a high-speed chase.

"It looked very similar to a .45-caliber, semiautomatic pistol," Kent police spokesman Paul Petersen told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Petersen added that police were correct in assuming at the time that the gun fired real bullets.

The two officers, whose names have not been released, were placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice.

Martinez's death strangely echoes the death of her sister two years ago, detectives told the Post-Intelligencer.

In 1998 her sister, Evelia Martinez, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while leading Idaho State Police on a car chase, according to the newspaper.




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